Urban Archaeology The Auction

Auction Details

  • Auction: March 27 & 28, 1PM

  • Sessions:
    March 27 - Session I: 1PM; Session II: 6:30PM
    March 28 - Session III: 1PM

  • Sessions Details:
    Session I: Lighting. Session II: Furniture, Glass, Home Fixtures, Signs & Miscellaneous. Session III: Garden, Mechanical Devices, Sculpture, Bon Marche, Place de la Concorde, Samuel Yellin, Metal Works

  • Public Preview: March 24-26, 10AM - 7PM

  • Location:
    Urban Archaeology
    143 Franklin Street
    New York, NY 10013

  • Online Bidding:

  • Absentee Bidding:
    By e-mail, mail and telephone

  • Catalogue: Order Now
    $32 by Priority Mail in the U.S
    $50 by International Priority Mail

Featured Lots

Original Cast Iron Mermaid
from Place de la Concorde

Pair of Pierre-Louis
Rouillard Urns

Original Cast Iron Merman Statue
from Place de la Concorde

Karl Flugel
Iron Tower Clock

St. Patrick's Cathedral
Wrought Iron Gothic Gate

"Foolish Love"
Statue Group

Chrysler Building
Deco Pendant

Brass Lantern
on Chain

Vintage Arts & Crafts
Hanging Lantern

Fred Perret
Art Deco Antique Sign

Syrup Locker


Round Cage
Industrial Light

Industrial Light
with Extended Handle


The Auction

Guernsey’s will take collectors back in time for the chance to own some of history’s greatest treasures at the historic TriBeCa offices of Urban Archaeology. The auction will feature approximately one thousand architectural artifacts and hundreds of mid-century modern industrial lights salvaged by Urban Archaeology over the decades.

For more than forty years, Urban Archaeology has been at the vanguard of saving historic architectural elements from destruction. It has been the organization of choice by leading architects, designers, corporate buyers, and sophisticated home owners who have envisioned the inclusion of dramatically handsome, patinated, vintage objects in their noteworthy projects. Many have visited the firm’s building in the heart of NYC’s landmarked Franklin Street where the display of treasured items resembles more a museum than a showroom. With additional offices in Bridgehampton, Boston, and Chicago, Urban Archaeology has been the go-to source for everything from monumental outdoor statuary to extraordinary wrought-iron estate gates to remarkable, often unique creations of every description in assorted metals, stone, ceramics, glass, and wood.

A review of the Auction Catalogue reveals such revered names as Edgar Brandt, Samuel Yellin and Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. Exciting objects from New York landmarks such as the Chrysler Building and the Woolworth Building, as well as objects from prominent institutions including the Library of Congress are featured along with items from such stunning settings as Paris’ magnificent Place de la Concorde and iconic Le Bon Marché. Simply put, imagine bidding on the original statuesque Mermaid and Merman figures from the Place de la Concorde’s breathtaking fountain or the awe-inspiring Baptistery Gates from Fifth Avenue’s famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral...fantastique! (Note: there will be many, many far smaller items suited to just about any space.)

A beautiful collectors’ catalogue showcases the many items with detailed photographs and descriptions. It will be available for $22 in person; $32 shipped domestically or $50 shipped internationally. To order the catalogue, for telephone bidding, to arrange for an advance preview, or for any other questions, please contact Guernsey’s or visit Catalogue Order Form

The Urban Archaeology Auction will begin at 1 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28 live at Urban Archaeology, 143 Franklin Street, NYC. Public previewing will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 24-26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the same location. Internet bidding is on www.liveauctioneers.com

For additional information visit www.guernseys.com or contact Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280. For media inquiries or to request an interview, please contact Dara Busch at 212-584-4271 or Guernseys@5wpr.com


A beautifully designed catalogue will be available in an extremely limited edition. Click here to order your Urban Archaeology copy.

Online Bidding

Those who are unable to attend the auction but would like to participate can view the full catalogue online, and leave advance absentee bids, as well as bid live as the sale is taking place at www.liveauctioneers.com.


Interested bidders should also review the Terms & Conditions, as well as the Bidder Agreement form, and the Absentee Bid form.


Guernsey's welcomes inquiries from the media regarding both past and upcoming events. PDF copies of the press release and links to media coverage of our Tom Doyle Collection are available below:

Press Release (March 27 & 28, 2015)